Majekodunmi Fashek (Majek Fashek) was born on february 6, in Benin city to Late Mr Emmanuel Olatunji Fasheke, an Osun state man and an Edo mother. His father was a former principal of Igbobi College, Yaba in Lagos.
The name 'Fashek' means 'Power of Miracles, The high priest does not lie'
Majek Fashek's parents seperated when he was very tender after which he left to live with his father in Lagos. His father died when he was ten years old and so he went to live his mother who was a buisness woman who supplied concrete to road contractors in Benin city.
Fashek inherited his love for music from his mother who inspired him through her participation in traditional religous ceremonies where the Olokun rhythms were used to accompany the worship of the river goddess. He played the maracas during those ceremonies. He was interested in Jamaican music and music of the indian cinema.
He learned to play the guitar while in Secondary school and soon joined a band, Jah Stix, going on to play in Clubs in the capital city of Lagos.
He is a Nigerian reggae singer, song writer and Guitarist who attracted International attention when his song 'Send down the rain' seemed to coax a rain storm, ending one of the worst draughts in Nigeria's history and earning him the title 'Musical Prophet' and 'Rain maker'.
His debut solo album ' Prisoner of Conscience' released in 1988 sold more than 200,000 copies in Nigeria alone.
In the early eighties, Fashek who at the time went by the stage name 'Rajesh Kanal' joined the group 'Jastix' with 'McRoy Gregg' and lead singer 'Black Rice'. They were best known as the in-house band on the show Music Paranoma on NTA Benin. The show disbanded in 1988 and Fashek now known as Majek signed with 'Tabansi Records' and began a solo career.
In 1989, Fashek released the 'I&I experience'. He left the Tabansi Record and signed to CBS Nigeria in the early 1990s and released 'So Long Too Long'. In 1990, he was signed to Interscope Records and released the critically acclaimed album 'Spirit of Love'. He moved on to Mango records because they were more accustomed to marketing reggae internationally. His first album for the company includes a cover version of Bob Marley's 'Redemption song'. He has recorded several albums for different labels since then.
He staged a comeback to the music stage after 30 years with a remake of his old classic 'Holy Ghost' which is now called 'Take over me' featuring Tuface Idibia.
Fashek played a supporting role in the 2000 Nollywood movie 'Mark of the Beast' and starred in a commercial for non alcoholic beverage 'Dia Malt' In 2016.
He performed a comedy show in Lagos, Nigeria with over ten thousand people in attendance and in December 2016, he contributed to the song ' We are not afraid' to a video featuring 200 celebrities to raise funds for the International Rescue Committee(IRC) and Human Rights Watch (HRW).
In a chat with Showtime in 2018, he openly condemned Buhari's government and stated that he could do better than the current people in Government in Nigeria if given the opportunity.
Majek Fashek Personal Life
The musician battled drug addiction for years before he was taken to a drug rehabilitation centre in Abuja in 2015, he has 'recovered' now however and is back to making music.
He was married to Rita Fashek for whom he wrote the song 'Without you'. They had four children but has since divorced.
In the Year 1989, Fashek won six PMAN awards including Album of the Year Song of the Year Reggae Artist of the Year.